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Evening Activities depend on the type of poupluation you currently have. An active and alert group might like a Triva Treat with a meal or maby even if you try making your own Tabletop Tidbits. This will be both stimulating for comversation and the mind (congnitive). You can have a group trivia treasher hunt game. Your imagination is the limit. A sensory group might benifit from a medetition hour. Before a meal is a great time for an aroma therpy group. Have you tried a reading group right at their dining table be shure to make eye contact? If possible ask what they would like to do.

Good Luck and Have Fun!

Jenny Livingston

Activity Coordinator

jll@usa.com

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hi chuck

have you tried wash and ready? it is an activity that the residents seem to enjoy before meals. i place wash clothes in a large bowl. i pour flavoring such as vanilla, orange, mint, lemon you get the idea right. then i add very warm warm water clothes i wring out the fliud and pass them out to the residents to wash thier faces and hands . they enjoy the warm cloths and they get to guess what scent it is. if we get at least two different guesses we have a show of hands or verbal agreements. i get to document for sensory activity, it helps me know who actually still has the function. it jogs thier mind we guess what the scent reminds them on and they have cleaner hands for eating the meal. i hope this us useful

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I do lunchtime trivia/reminisce. Many residents are usually waiting in the lounge area to go into the dining room 15 or more minutes before lunch starts so I decided to use this time to engage the majority of my residents in an activity many don't usually attend or infrequently. I invite them in to the dining room 15 minutes early and while we are waiting for lunch to be served I do trivia facts, ask them trivia questions, read information/history on a variety of subjects. I have been able to get many residents to "shout out" an answer or two and am pleased to receive compliments on what I am presenting them. "Thank you, that was very interesting!" Even my low functioning residents that don't verbally participate hear what I am saying so serves as a sensory/cognitive type activity for them as well

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Hallway Trivia is successful while they are waiting for our elevator. Spelling quizzes could work. I hand out pens, markers, and puzzles for them to do at their table. I also hand out donated magazines and newspapers. Hope this is helpful.

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If you only have a few residents, maybe you could use this time to have them help you. Tell them you are really busy and ask if they would mind helping your fold the newsletters or cleaning out a box of decorations or whatever. They could also help make the centerpeices or set the tables. It is always good to feel needed.

 

If there are more-- then you can show a party that was videotaped at your facility months before for reminiscing sake, paint ceramics, decorate table centerpieces, play a suduko game or other brain game as a group.

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Evening Activities depend on the type of poupluation you currently have. An active and alert group might like a Triva Treat with a meal or maby even if you try making your own Tabletop Tidbits. This will be both stimulating for comversation and the mind (congnitive). You can have a group trivia treasher hunt game. Your imagination is the limit. A sensory group might benifit from a medetition hour. Before a meal is a great time for an aroma therpy group. Have you tried a reading group right at their dining table be shure to make eye contact? If possible ask what they would like to do.

Good Luck and Have Fun!

Jenny Livingston

Activity Coordinator

jll@usa.com

 

We do a Remember When discussion Group right before lunch (30 minutes) with Topics mostly historical. The residents seem to really enjoy talking about history, WWII, dating servicemen, military dances etc.

A trip down memory lane before lunch works for this group. All of the residents in this group are females, not designed that way, we have only 5 men in our LTC and occasionally we get one of the men to join us.

Good Luck!

Leslie Kolovich

Activity Director

Lesliekolovich@mac.com

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Some of my pre-lunch activities include jokes, hand therapy (which allows me to sanitize their hands before their meal), word games, seasonal sensory (example for Christmas I bring around ornament boxes for the residents to sort through and look at, also Smells of Christmas where I bring around different smells associated with Christmas. This allows me to start a group conversation on what smells remind them of what and how did they decorate their tree when they where kids or had kids) Dice games are also fun.

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